Patrick Horgan will take part in this year's All-Ireland Poc Fada

Patrick Horgan will take part in this year's All-Ireland Poc Fada
Patrick Horgan. Picture: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

PATRICK Horgan will compete in this year's M Donnelly All-Ireland Poc Fada finals.

The Rebels' lethal weapon will feature in the event on the Cooley Mountains on Saturday week, along with current champion Cillian Kiely from Offaly and Tipp legend Brendan Cummins.

There are two other Leesiders involved, Amy Lee in senior camogie and Maedhbh Ring at U16 level.

The competition was first held in 1960 and following a short hiatus from 1970-1980, it returned in 1981 and has been ever-present on the national calendar since.

The unique Gaelic Games contest promises to be a great day of sport, and speaking at today’s draw GAA president John Horan said: “I welcome this year’s staging of the Poc Fada competition for 2019 and wish all the competitors well in what must be one of the most unique competitions in our stable.

“Few of our events encapsulate the history of the game in the way that the Poc Fada does and the route the players and followers will take over the Annaverna Mountain is nothing short of spectacular.

“A special word of thanks to the organising committee and to our sponsor and partner Martin Donnelly for his going support.” 

Speaking about this year’s Finals, Uachtarán an Cumann Camógaíochta Kathleen Woods said: “The August Bank Holiday weekend is always a fantastic occasion on the Cooley Peninsula when we witness the wonderful spectacle which is the Poc Fada Finals. 

"This is a unique and exciting competition which showcases some of the key skills of our games and I am very much looking forward to another thrilling competition this year.” 

Defending senior hurling champion, Cillian Kiely of Offaly, puts his crown on the line against a high calibre field that includes his brother, Cathal, and the M Donnelly picks Horgan and Poc Fada veteran Cummins. The Kielys had dominated the U16 competition in recent times and will be hoping that the trend continues in the senior competition for years to come.

Susan Earner of Galway also returns to defend the Senior titles she captured in 2017 and 2018.

The under 16 hurling competition will have a new name on the trophy after Kyle Shelly won the trophy in 2018. Oisín Marley returns to the mountain having competed in last year’s All-Ireland Final.

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